PEA News

April 12,
GLP - Government Licensed Professionals

The online election for the GLP Bargaining Committee is open from April 8 at 2:00 p.m. to April 15 at 10:00 a.m.

April 01,
SMS - St. Margaret's School

As you are aware, your PEA Bargaining Committee has been preparing for collective bargaining with the school this spring, as our Collective Agreement expires June 31, 2021. The school has approache

March 15,
GLP - Government Licensed Professionals

The Sixteenth Main Collective agreement between the Professional Employees Association (PEA) and the Government of the Province of British Columbia expires March 31, 2022. 

March 15,
LSL - Law Society Lawyers

Some of you have asked the Chapter Executive if the Law Society has plans for a return to the workplace in the near future.

March 10,
HSP - Health Science Professionals

Changes effective first pay period after April 1

March 04,

The Okanagan Regional Library and Professional Employees Association are pleased to announce that they have successfully completed negotiations and have a new collective agreement.

March 04,
UVic - University of Victoria Administrative and Academic Professionals

Sandra Guerreiro has been elected for the Director Position on the UVic Chapter Executive. Sandra will assume office immediately; the term will last until the 2021 Annual General Meeting.

March 01,
ORL - Okanagan Regional Librarians

Collective Agreement

Members voted 100% in favour of the tentative agreement. 74.2% of members voted.

February 26,
SMS - St. Margaret's School

Boarding Staff – requesting advance leave/switching a shift or reporting an absence:

February 16,
GLP - Government Licensed Professionals

Qualifications review:

February 10,
UVic - University of Victoria Administrative and Academic Professionals

This is a call for nominations for one vacant Director position on the UVic Chapter Executive. The term of the position is until the AGM in November 2021.

February 10,
ORL - Okanagan Regional Librarians

Your bargaining committee met with the employer for an additional two days of bargaining on February 8 and 9 after three days in late 2020. We have reached a tentative agreement. 

February 03,
HSP - Health Science Professionals

There have been reported terminations of qualification differential payment Physiotherapists (PTs) since April 1, 2020.

January 25,
HESU - Hospital Employees’ Staff Union

Dear HESU members,

Your collective agreement expires on March 31, 2021. 

January 18,
GLP - Government Licensed Professionals

In addition to the webinars we are offering with Evidence for Democracy, the PEA is also hosting the following union-focused virtual sessions that are open to all GLP members:

December 18,
GLP - Government Licensed Professionals

Dear GLP members,

With the end of 2020 in sight, I wanted to give an update on some of the changes that have happened these past few months and some of the new year plans.


In this section

The PEA was formed in 1974, by a group of professionals working in the public sector. The story goes that the founders of the union mortgaged their houses to fund negotiations of the union’s first collective agreement. 

Now, the PEA is BC’s union for professionals. We represent a wide range of professionals including lawyers, foresters, engineers, agrologists, teachers, veterinarians, fundraisers, physiotherapists, pharmacists, psychologists program managers, librarians and more.

Our union is led by the PEA Executive. They represent members from across the chapters of the PEA and set the overall vision and direction for our union.

Resources for our members

Navigating a union can sometime be a challenging process. Under this section of the website you will find resources to help you navigate the PEA. In the members section you'll find expense claim reimbursements, information on the PEA's scholarship and bursary program and our grants and donations program.

Collective bargaining and job action resources explain the process of collective bargaining and what to do in the unlikely event of job action. 

Local reps can also find resources to help them complete their job more effectively. This includes ways to welcome new members, how to take notes in investigation disciplinary meetings and more.

The heart of our union

The PEA is made up of nine chapters, or groups of members who either work for the same employer or are in the same field of work. Each chapter has an elected executive tasked with running the affairs of the chapter. Each chapter is entitled to representation at the PEA Executive, the governing body of the union. 

Our members work for a range of employers: the Province of BC, the University of Victoria, St. Margaret's School, the Family Maintenance Enforcement Program, the Oil and Gas Commission, the Law Society of BC, Legal Services Society, the Okangan Regional Library and health authorities across BC.

Professionals need unions now more then ever

Since the 1970’s, when the PEA was formed, our mission has been to ensure our members can work in safe, productive environments and receive fair and reasonable wages and benefits for the valuable work they do. We help individuals and groups of professional workers to understand the challenges they face in their workplaces and some of the solutions available to them. 

We work with potential members to become certified as a union and achieve the wages, benefits and respect they deserve. 

The Professional | Volume 47 Issue 1

The Professional is the PEA's award-winning, quarterly magazine for members.

The May to June 2021 issue includes a look into what it's like to work within UVic's Theatre Department.

Read the latest issue



The PEA was formed in 1974 to represent licensed professionals in the BC Public Service. Since then the organization has grown to include a wide range of professionals from across BC. Find our more about our governance, staff and strategic direction.

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